Examining the Purchase of Local Food and Knowledge of Environmental Sustainability in Adult Low-Income Nutrition Education Program Participants in Pinal County, Arizona
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AbstractThe USDA Economic Research Service shows that 17.7% of Pinal County residents are living in poverty. Pinal County Cooperative Extension offers a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) to low-income residents. Through their nutrition education programs, they encourage participants to purchase fresh foods from different locations. Typically, locally grown or locally produced foods are much fresher than imported foods. Local food also preserves open space, reduces food miles, and can support a more diverse and sustainable environment. Research shows that when shopping for their groceries, low-income consumers tend to shop at discount centers and supercenters where prices are lower than alternative locations. Research also shows that low-income SNAP participants who shop at discount centers and supercenters purchase less fresh foods than SNAP participants who shop at alternative locations. This study was created to answer the question, "How does knowledge of environment sustainability affect the purchase of local food in low-income consumers participating in nutrition education programs in Pinal County, Arizona?". The results of surveys suggested there is an association between the behavior of buying locally grown food and a participant's knowledge of environmental sustainability.
Degree ProgramHonors College